Entries by James Armitage

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Malbec in Mendoza

Mendoza is located on the border between Argentina and Chile, at the base of the highest mountain in the Americas, Aconcagua at an altitude of 6,962m. The views are stunning; from the lines of grape covered vines, the tall swaying poplar trees there to protect the vines to the stunning back drop of the snow-capped […]

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Brazil Holiday: Discovering the Pantanal

If, like me, you love wilderness and open spaces then the loneliness and vastness of the Pantanal will move you deeply. Yet there is far more to the Pantanal than openness – it is the world’s largest tropical wetland area hosting a number of eco-systems and covers up to an estimated 75,000 square miles. Importantly this […]

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A Gastronomic Mendoza Holiday

The Argentinians take their meat seriously; so too their wine. Given that Mendoza is the gastronomic and wine capital of the country, my expectations were high. My Mendoza holiday did not disappoint. Flying into Mendoza, I was immediately struck by the views – from the lines of grape-covered vines, the tall swaying poplar trees to […]

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Our Steppes: Colonial Mexico & Pacific Coast

My journey to Mexico, allowed for a small glimpse of what this huge and fascinating country has to offer. The silver cities, just north of Mexico City were great to explore and experiencing the colonial history of the area passing through central Mexico; the cultural home of Mariachi, sombreros, Rodeo and Tequila, before ending on […]

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Brazil Whale Watching

Having recently returned from my holiday to Brazil, I wanted to share the new places I discovered and the amazing whale sightings. Having flown into Sao Paulo, we were transferred the 2 and a half hours to Fazenda Catucaba. This is an old building dating from the 1850’s that was formerly a coffee farm and […]